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Immersive Reader: A powerful tool to support schoolwide literacy

Imagine an instructional partner who could act as: a lifeline for students and parents for whom English is not a first language a friendly support system for your emerging readers and your students with learning differences a coach who presents the availability of individual reading environment choices and encourages independence a collaborator who amplifies the […]

ALA highlights: What I saw and what I missed (Banquets not included)

This started as a post and got completely out of hand. It made far more sense to recap ALA 2019 Annual Conference using a social media approach. So here’s a Wakelet offering my personal highlights both of the events I had the privilege to attend in the brief time I had before ISTE as well […]

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced) Updated

ISTE both thrills and overwhelms me. However carefully I plan my choices, each year I am plagued by FOMO. This year, with the help of ISTE Librarians Network President Nikki Robertson, I asked our colleagues who attended the Network Breakfast to help us all out by sharing their biggest takeaways. First, know that the folks […]

Flipgrid: Exciting updates from ISTE

Every 45 seconds of every minute of the 2018/2019 school year, a new educator signed up for Flipgrid. During the past school year, kids shared 24 billion seconds of Flipgrid video. The student voice and video discussion tool is currently used in 180 countries by millions of students, educators, and families. Earlier this week at […]

Guardians of History: Britannica’s new choice-driven historical adventures

“When problems occur in history, we send you back in time to make sure history happens the way it is supposed to,” says Professor Wolf of Britannica’s new Guardians of History. Your voice launches the immersive audio adventure that is one part Oregon Trail, one part Back to the Future, one part Choose Your Own […]

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?

I am currently working on a research project with partners from the University of Florida and OCLC. Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. I thought I’d share some of our preliminary findings. This post […]

Four Moves and a Habit to share with your middle and high school learners

I’ve never been a fan of evaluation checklists. They require serious cognitive lift, perhaps more lift than some content actually deserves. I am a big fan of what Mike Caufield calls moves, some sticky strategies we can all use to get closer to the truth. Caufield, of Washington State University Vancouver, leads the Digital Polarization […]

I’m your neighbor: A genre of empathy and inclusion

Is it time to welcome a new genre to our children’s and young adult collections? Kirsten Cappy thinks so. The co-founder and director of I’m Your Neighbor, leads a project highlighting the lives of New Arrivals and New Americans through the sharing of children’s literature. At the MASL Conference in Augusta, Maine last week, I […]

A new framework to guide OER curation leadership

Curation is one of our Shared Foundations. It is also identified as a leadership area on the Future Ready Librarians Framework. But what does it look like when the school librarian really dives into digital curation? And what does it look like when the librarian, armed with a rich OER toolkit, regularly curates urgently needed, […]

Building beautiful book bentos

My friend Jennifer LaGarde (@jenniferlagarde) recently introduced me, and our Young Adults Reading and Literacy students at Rutgers, to the idea of Book Bentos. Highly visual, creative and interactive the book bento strategy invites book lovers to create, hyperlink and share book titles in an artfully arranged interactive collage. I asked Jennifer to fill me […]